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Year in Review

Historical society celebrates 2013's successes

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The year drawing to a close opened with a coloring book and closed with a pop-up museum for the Clintonville Historical Society.

In a look back at 2013, President Mary Rodgers reported the society was involved in various events, beginning in January with the release of the second Clintonville coloring book.

"This book was created by Clintonville resident and society member Sandy Trinter," Rodgers wrote in an email. "Like Volume One of the series, the book features line drawings of historic buildings in the Clintonville area.

"The original purpose of the project was to create a way to allow younger members of the community to be connected to area history. Not only did we accomplish that connection, but we created a vehicle whereby history (and) memories can pass between generations. Many of our older Clintonville folks purchase the book, add notes to the pages and pass the books to their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

"The project has been such a success that we will release Volume Three of the series on Sunday, Jan. 19."

In March, historical society members returned to the Clintonville Woman's Club to celebrate the Memory Lane project along West North Broadway with Jazz, Wine and Desserts, as the evening was billed.

Proceeds from the event benefited Memory Lane, the tributes to Clintonville troops and other notable residents along North Broadway.

"To date, the society has dedicated three gardens on the north side of West North Broadway," Rodgers wrote. "The first garden was the re-establishment of the monument to the Clintonville boys who served our country, giving their lives, during WWII. The second garden is a tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War. These men and women gave their service during a very turbulent time in our country's history. As a result, they did not receive full recognition of their service. The Vietnam Memorial was dedicated on Memory Lane in November 2012.

"The third garden represents a welcome garden. It is composed of an urn from the Clinton Theater and several blocks of solid granite. The garden is dedicated to those from Clintonville who support the preforming arts."

The event featured members of BalletMet, including choreographer Jimmy Orante, who lives in the neighborhood.

The historical society's August meeting focused on the history of the barn on Milton Avenue, now a home.

The barn "began its life as a chocolate factory," Rodgers wrote. "After that, it was used as a laboratory. That lab created what is now called All detergent."

The society also participated in the revived Tour of Homes, with guided trolley rides through Old Beechwold.

November saw a Veterans Day event with a banner and service sign being added to the "Welcome to Clintonville" sign on West North Broadway.

On Dec. 8, the society sponsored a one-day, pop-up museum that featured three history-themed workshops.

The annual luminaria display along West North Broadway from North High Street to the Olentangy River officially closed out 2013 for the society.

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